Soon in India: Digitally linked smart fruit farms

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi is organizing the brainstorming on the digitally linked smart fruit farms for higher productivity and profits on March 07, 2016 at New Delhi

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IARI's digital push can help in strengthening the agriculture sector's communication needs to a great extent! (Representational Pic)

NEW DELHI: Digital India initiative of the Government of India can play an important role to accelerate the overall growth of agriculture sector. Digital linking of fruit farms to make them smarter with higher productivity and profits is an important journey towards implementation of real time farm management and trace-ability solutions.

In this backdrop, the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded institute, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, (IARI), New Delhi is organizing a Brainstorming Session on “Digitally linked smart fruit farms for higher productivity and profits‟ on March 07, 2016 at 10.00 AM in the Library Conference Hall, IARI, New Delhi. The proposed session aims to discuss about:

  • The modalities for making fruit farms smart.
  • Strategy to transfer climate-smart technologies to fruit growers through digital linkage to transform vulnerable fruit farms into sustainable and productive fruit farms.
  • Cimate-resilient adaptation technologies, location specific forecasts, early warnings and advisories for fruit crops.
  • Research and policy interventions for developing a challenge program with a broad range of partners under PPP mode to ensure increased fruit productivity and long term competitiveness.

In the past, sporadic efforts have been made by several agricultural institutions to develop smart expert advisory systems like AGRIdaksh, expert systems in wheat and spices, e-learning systems, farmer’s window and agromet advisory etc. However, most of these smart expert systems deal with cereals, oil seeds, spices etc but not the fruit crops.

There is a tremendous scope for use of digital information in the form of smart expert systems and technology interventions on fruit cultivation and orchard management.